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In general it was the new signings who impressed most for the Reds against their Australian opponents, with Joe Gomez playing well again at left-back once again. Divock Origi also caused some problems up front, but could have done with getting into some more advanced positions.
Jordon Ibe, who enjoyed a breakthrough campaign last term, also caught the eye with several dribbles.
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The first half of the encounter was a turgid affair, with neither side able to assert themselves. However, it was the Merseyside club who were able to make the better chances, even if they were restricted to shots from outside the penalty area.
It was the Premier League side who eventually broke the deadlock as well, with Milner scoring after Ibe had fizzed a ball across goal.
Perhaps more importantly, Ings scored his first ever goal in a Liverpool shirt. The former Burnley man managed a calm finish after being played in by fellow new arrival Nathaniel Clyne.